Nuclear emergencies cause major and long-term upheaval in the lives of those affected (including emergency and recovery workers, evacuees and residents of contaminated regions). Some may suffer direct physical health impacts from radiation. Others may experience serious social and psychological consequences related to the immediate response to the accident (including evacuation and other exposure reduction measures), to long-term measures (such as relocation and loss of home, social relations, work) and concerns and uncertainties about radiation levels and health.
The SHAMISEN project aims to draw the lessons from the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents and other major nuclear accidents around the world in order to make recommendations for immediate and long-term response to radiation accidents, aiming in particular to respond to the needs of affected populations while minimising unnecessary anxiety. The project started in December 2015 and is going to be finished in May 2017. SHAMISEN is a multidisciplinary project; it gathered experts in dosimetry, epidemiology, medicine, psychiatry, radiation protection and ethics.
Workshop in Paris was divided into two parts: a project meeting and a stakeholder workshop. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the final recommendations produced by the project and collect feedback from the relevant stakeholders.
CERAD researchers contributed to several subtasks within the project. CERAD Research Director Deborah Oughton is leading work on development of the final recommendations, which will be available by the end of May.